21 April 1951|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
New York Rangers
10th overall, 1971|
New York Rangers
Stephen James Vickers (born 21 April 1951) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Rangers. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1973.
Steve "The Sarge" Vickers played junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) and was named a First Team league All-Star. He was drafted 10th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. He spent a season in the minor leagues with the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League before the Rangers called him up in 1972.
Vickers, centre Walt Tkaczuk and winger Bill Fairbairn formed a line that proved to be one of the 1970s' best two-way forward trios. Vickers scored 30 goals and 23 assists for a total of 53 points and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. He played all of his NHL career with the Rangers, scoring thirty or more goals in each of four seasons. He was later moved to the Rangers' first line with Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle. Vickers' best season was 1974-75, when he scored 41 goals and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. He remained effective until his final season, in which his effectiveness dropped sharply; he finished the year in the minor leagues with the Springfield Indians, after which he retired.
Vickers played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1975 and 1976. He made NHL history in 1972 when he became the first rookie, as well as the first New York Ranger, to score hat tricks in two consecutive games (12 November versus the Los Angeles Kings and 15 November versus the Philadelphia Flyers). In February 1976, Vickers set the Rangers team record for most points in a game, with seven, against the Washington Capitals.
|1972–73||New York Rangers||NHL||61||30||23||53||37||10||5||4||9||4|
|1973–74||New York Rangers||NHL||75||34||24||58||18||13||4||4||8||17|
|1974–75||New York Rangers||NHL||80||41||48||89||64||3||2||4||6||6|
|1975–76||New York Rangers||NHL||80||30||53||83||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||New York Rangers||NHL||75||22||31||53||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||New York Rangers||NHL||79||19||44||63||30||3||2||1||3||0|
|1978–79||New York Rangers||NHL||66||13||34||47||24||18||5||3||8||13|
|1979–80||New York Rangers||NHL||75||29||33||62||38||9||2||2||4||4|
|1980–81||New York Rangers||NHL||73||19||39||58||40||12||4||7||11||14|
|1981–82||New York Rangers||NHL||34||9||11||20||13||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Steve Vickers - Notes". NHL.com. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- "Steve Vickers". All Time Roster. New York Rangers.com. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- Gaffer, Wes; The New York Daily News (2001). New York Rangers: Millennium Memories. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 74. ISBN 978-1582613710. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- Cohen, Russ; Halligan, John; Raider, Adam (2009). 100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0470736194. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| New York Rangers first round draft pick
| Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy